Thursday accident sends Keokuk family to hospital

Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber and Deputy Uriah Wheatley take measurements as rescue personnel tend to victims of Thursday's accident. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC


FORT MADISON – A two-vehicle accident on the Hwy. 61 bypass late Thursday afternoon has sent a Keokuk family to area hospitals.

According to Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber, a family of four from Keokuk in a Honda SUV was traveling southbound on Hwy. 61 when the vehicle entered the median and crossed into the northbound lane striking a bridge barrier and going airborne before coming to rest in the northbound lane facing north. The vehicle was torn in half by the impact. Another vehicle, a white pickup truck carrying another adult and four children, was also damaged in the accident. No injuries were reported to the occupants of the second vehicle.

Weber said two of the occupants in the Honda were being transported at about 6:30 p.m. to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics by ambulance due to weather conditions preventing an airlift. A third occupant was sent to Iowa City at about 7:45 p.m. The names of the injured have not been released.

The accident occurred about 4:30 p.m. with rescue crews from Lee County EMS, Montrose Fire and Rescue, and the Lee County Sheriff’s Dept. and Fort Madison Police on the scene.

A Lee County Sheriff’s deputy and Montrose rescue personnel tend to one of the victims in a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on the Hwy. 61 bypass west of Fort Madison at approximately 4:30 p.m. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC
Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber, center and a deputy take measurements as rescue personnel tend to a victim in Thursday’s accident. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC

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